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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy of science, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg seeks to 
appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to build on its growing strengths 
in the philosophy of science, broadly construed. The Fellow will pursue 
his or her own research under the supervision of Alex Broadbent (joining 
two existing Fellows in the philosophy of science). Relevant research 
interests fall within the philosophy of science broadly construed, to 
include the philosophy of epidemiology and medicine, as well as relevant 
topics in metaphysics and epistemology, notably causation. Applications 
are also welcome from those with an interest in relevant jurisprudential 
or political issues, for example the use of scientific or statistical 
evidence in legal or policy contexts. Any other interesting application 
will also be considered. The Fellow may be asked to take on light teaching 
loads commensurate with career development, but these are not onerous and 
in duration do not exceed one quarter of the year.

The post is for one year in the first instance but is usually renewable 
subject to satisfactory publication. Funds for travel and other resources 
are also available, depending on progress with publications. Salary is 
200,000 Rands p/a AFTER tax. Fellows are required to take out basic 
medical insurance.

Applicants should email the following materials to Alex Broadbent 
( by 15 July 2013 and 
can expect a response by 31 July 2013. Informal or pre-application 
inquiries also welcome.

1.  CV

2.  Writing sample

3.  Indication of proposed research (300-500 words)

Alex Broadbent
Associate Professor and Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Studies
University of Johannesburg
PO Box 524
Auckland Park 2006
South Africa

Office: +27 (0)11 559 2727
Cell: +27 (0)71 510 6439